Blondie bar with dates and walnuts

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These are called food of the gods in the Philippines.  But I called them blondie bars since it has no chocolate.  Can you believe it? What?  a bar without chocolate?  Actually, dates are rather tasty by itself and you hardly missed the chocolate.  But combine them with walnuts, they are divine.  The soft chewy texture of dates really gives dessert a boost.  I suppose to could substitute the dates for cranberries or golden raisins.  Also, you can even make them a true blondie by using white chocolate as well.  Perhaps, for a holiday or festive theme, add dried cranberries or sour cherries for a splash of color.  Now, soft chewy dates are like a red cherry on top of a good dessert.

This recipe will be in Chef Joey Pratts upcoming  Signature desserts cookbook.


Baby chicks cake pops

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Chirp..Chirp.. Did you get a tweet that cake pops are here?  I did a trial run with these baby chick shaped cake pops.  It could have gone smoother (literally).  I may need to switch to different candy melts or find use that paramount crystals that others have mentioned.  Also, I need do away with my current Wilton black edible marker for the Americolor brand.  The Wilton pen did not write well on this type of candy surface.  You hardly can tell from looking at the pics, but I made some to look like they are wearing diapers by dipping theme first in white chocolate then yellow. Practice and experimenting will eventually pay off.  I think my hobby is becoming costly since most of the materials are sold in bulk.  I used the halloween sprinkles for these chicks feet.  So I will be stocking up some from post halloween sales.  These chicks are simply adorable now matter how they turn out.  Little chicks on sticks are like red cherry on top of any great desserts.


Waffles with raspberry and maple syrup

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Happy Father’s day to all those fathers out there!  We have a tradition that whenever it’s mothers day or father’s day, my kids would make breakfast in bed.  When my husbands help them it is usually just two sunny side eyes and a happy smile with ketchup. So, the two yolks are the eyes.  It was really sweet.  Well, today, I am helping them, so he is getting the deluxe:  traditional two sunny eyed eggs with smiley ketchup mouth, homemade waffles, guava juice, and fresh rambutan fruit.  My daughter got out the breakfast tray and tried to fit them in.  It is a nice tradition that was started when they were 2 years old.  She remembers it as soon as she woke up this morning and exclaimed to her younger brother ” It’s father’s day, Lets surprise daddy with breakfast in bed”  It made my heart swell up to hear that.   So, breakfast in bread with waffles and raspberries is a red cherry on top to start off a perfect father’s day.

Waffles recipe: (source: Emeril)

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Nonstick cooking spray, optional
  • Strawberry Syrup, recipe follows


Preheat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Into a medium bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow. Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture to the egg-milk mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not overmix. In a third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute.Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter, being careful not to overmix. Coat the waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray, if required, and pour enough batter in the iron to just cover the waffle grid. Close and cook as per the manufacturer’s instructions until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. (Do not open the waffle iron for at least 1 minute.) Repeat with the remaining batter.